Karen Altenpohl E-RYT500, Founder
Karen took her first Yoga class in 2002 and is the first to admit she found the physical practice first. Yoga has become an ongoing journey for her into grounding, centering and moving into a place of greater compassion. Yoga has been transforming on all levels for her, and she continues to study and practice for herself, and to share the gift of Yoga with others.
Karen earned her E-RYT500 through Yogafit and began teaching in 2005. She has been influenced by many different teachers, particularly; Doug Keller, Cyndi Lee, Anand Mehrohtra, Judith Lasater, and Michael Stone. Her classes are alignment-based with special attention to the breath, and moving into mental awareness. She infuses her slow, free flow style classes with strength work, and attention to stabilization of the joints during deep stretch.
Yoga is for everyone, but not everyone should practice every pose. Teaching Yoga to others is a humbling experience and she considers herself always the student first, the teacher second.
Kristin Beckett RYT-230, Instructor
I began Yoga in 2000 while pregnant with my first daughter in Homer, Alaska. It was a great time to begin to look inward. Through various meditations and devoted practice I began to realize that Yoga was something I truly believed in. Yoga offers complete well being and allows our true selves to awaken to happiness. I attended Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC in 2005 and received my RYT-230. I have been teaching and practicing since then. I also received my E-RYT 200 in 2017 after attending Ganesha's Yoga Wellness school in Kernersville, NC.
Presently, I teach Hatha Yoga and feel blessed to have met such dedicated practitioners and instructors sharing their luminous selves. Yoga releases tensions and creates feelings of total peace. We all deserve to nurture our bodies and minds, and spirit.
My style of teaching varies according to the students and their needs. I always guide classes using compassion within our bodies. Yoga practice is a whole body experience. I educate on the eight limbs of Yoga and dedicate much of my personal practice to gratitude.
Sandy Howell RYT-200, Instructor
Sandy received her RYT200 Yoga training from Ganesha’s Yoga and Wellness in Greensboro in 2017. Her studies concentrated on vinyasa, yin and restorative Yoga. Fitness and health have always been a priority and she has always had an interest in Eastern studies. Sandy took her first Yoga class 15 years ago at the YMCA and has been practicing yoga on and off over the years. To cope with her over-active mind, she decided to deepen her practice and so, enrolled in a teacher training program. The intention was not to teach Yoga, however, she learned that Yoga is transforming on many different levels. Sandy realized sharing Yoga is Yoga.
Sandy’s style of teaching takes one on a journey through breath, alignment and strength, encompassed in a vinyasa flow teaching style.
Sandy grew up internationally and attended High Point University. She is married with two children and dog.
"Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame." - B.K.S Iyengar
Jennie Latimer RYT-200, Instructor
Jennie is a RYT-200 certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching for over 10 years. She came to Yoga through running and overuse injuries and quickly discovered the benefits of a Yoga practice.
Jennie is a native High Pointer but has not lived in the area since college. She is married to Tom Latimer, also from High Point, who is a United Methodist pastor. While living in several areas in the western part of NC, Jennie worked as a counselor in public schools and on the college level. She is happy to be back in the area and to have the opportunity to share this Yoga journey with others!
Brittney Isphording, RYT-200, Instructor
Brittney has been practicing Yoga since she was 16 years old. After 12 years of practice she decided to turn her passion into a profession and attended Yoga Teacher Training. Desiring a traditional Yoga education, she traveled to Goa, India to earn her 200 hour certification at Yoga Mystica. Brittney's teaching style is supportive, playful, and she pushes for students to let their individuality shine in their Yoga practice. She loves being creative and constantly seeks new ways to keep the classes fun and challenging for all levels of experience.
Rob Ware RYT-200, Instructor
Rob began practicing Yoga as a way to stretch after a cycling class. He soon realized Yoga was much more than flexibility and stretching. Yoga became a major part of his fitness routine when he saw the benefits both on and off the mat. In 2016 he completed his 200 hour teacher training through LifePower Yoga.
Barbara Foster RYT-200, Instructor
Barb first discovered Yoga 10 years ago as a path to healing and self-care after a significant loss and throughout her journey has found it to be uniquely centering, restorative and uplifting while providing the opportunity for increasing strength and flexibility like no form of fitness. She completed her 200 hour teacher training certification in 2017 at Triad Yoga Institute and is passionate about teaching and encouraging others to discover the benefits of Yoga in body, mind and spirit.
Julie Dunton, RYT-200, Instructor
Julie is a Colorado native but has resided in NC for 25 years. She began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2008. She received her RYT-200 in 2012 through Sunrise Yoga in Clemmons, NC. Julie has taught at several fitness and wellness venues in Forsyth county including: The Fitness Center at Kernersville, Kraze Fitness, and The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem. She finds her greatest rewards in her 5 children, and in sharing Yoga with others. She especially enjoys teaching beginner, restorative, water, and partner Yoga.
Julie’s wellness background includes 4 years in the martial arts of Tai Chi and Kung Fu. Julie is also certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. She applies many of these breathing and meditation methods in her Yoga classes.
She is passionate about helping others heal mind, body, and soul through the art of Yoga. She recognizes the benefits a Yoga practice can provide for whole body healing.
Susan Sherrill, RYT-500, Instructor
Susan has been teaching yoga for several years and practicing yoga for many more. The therapeutic & anatomic aspects of yoga are especially compelling to her. She delights in proving that anyone can do yoga, no matter what their age, shape, or condition. She completed her Advanced Therapeutic Yoga 500 hour training with Jenny Otto (Body Balance Yoga) in 2013, and Power Vinyasa with Rolf Gates in 2010. Other training has included workshops with Ana Forrest, Doug Keller, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Sadie Nardini, Kate Potter, David Williams, two Yoga Journal Conferences, and Levels 1, 2, and 3 with YogaFit. In her other lives she is a wife, mom, Quality Improvement Manager at Randolph Hospital, and a registered nurse.
Deborah Stanton, Fitness & Health Instructor
Deborah Stanton has been in the health and wellness field for 10+ years. She enjoys helping others reach their goals beyond just the physical, and believes that real health is a balance of nutritional, spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She is currently enrolled and pursuing her certification in the Wellcoaches program. She is always in search of the next level of health, so she can help others discover their best self and experience lasting positive change in their own lives.
Deb’s certifications include: AFFA Personal Trainer / ACE Health Coach / ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist / ACE Group Fitness Instructor / Silver Sneakers Level 1 and 2 / SCW Core Training Specialist / IFTA Pilates Instructor / Schwinn Cycling Instructor / Kettlebell Pump Instructor
Contact Deborah at: www.movingroom.weebly.com
Shanon Greig RYT-230, Instructor
Shanon Greig is a certified 230 hour Yoga instructor who did not predict the practice to hold such a special place in her heart. She developed a passion for health and fitness during her younger years and maintained a gym routine throughout her college years at Appalachian State University. However, Shanon strongly felt something was missing from her physical practice; she experienced “gym burnout” and a spiritual craving. Aggressive fitness routines were wreaking havoc on her joints and simultaneously not nurturing her spirit.
When Shanon moved to Winston Salem, NC, she unearthed the light of Yoga. Working a full-time desk job revealed a missing mind/body connection. A close friend who taught Hot Yoga and Vinyasa classes got Shanon hooked on the practice. She found Yoga to be invigorating and nurturing after a long work day and refreshing on weekend mornings. As someone who grapples with anxiety and depression, a regular practice has helped Shanon find her roots and realize true contentment comes from within.
Shanon enjoys meeting all types of people and practices silence to derive energy, which aids her in connecting with others. On the mat, she encourages not taking one’s self too seriously, forgiveness, and gentle acknowledgment of imperfection. Shanon hopes to enrich lives and introduce the joy of Yoga to those who have yet to discover it.
“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” –Rolf Gates
Julie Jones, MSN, RN, CHTP
Julie Jones is a Health Coach, Energy Practitioner, Aromatherapist as well as a Registered Nurse with forty years’ experience working with men and women who are overwhelmed, busy and wanting to reduce stress and get healthy. Julie is passionate about helping educate and inspire you to discover your own inner wisdom and to learn the skills you need to be healthy. She strongly urges and supports Self Care – not Health Care.
Contact Julie today at: email@example.com
You can find out about her work here: www.restoretobalance.com
Casey Decker Wall, LMBT NC License #16652
Casey is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC License #16652). She completed her 650 hours in 2015 at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences in New Jersey. There she studied Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Medical Massage, and Reflexology. She has also studied Reiki I & II, Chair Massage, Qi Healing.
“The real purpose of giving massage is to foster more depth feeling for one another in order bring out the love that often lies buried beneath the pain of everyday suffering" - Robert Calvert
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